Embassy REIT Raises ₹300 crores, Sees Robust First-time Participation in REIT Debt from Domestic Insurance Sector
September 07, 2021
Bengaluru, India, September 7, 2021
Embassy Office Parks REIT (NSE: EMBASSY / BSE: 542602) (“Embassy REIT”), India’s first listed REIT and the largest office REIT in Asia by area, announced today that it has successfully priced and allotted by way of a private placement, ₹3 Billion (Indian Rupees Three Billion only) or ₹300 crores of rupee-denominated, listed, rated, secured, redeemable, transferable non-convertible debentures (“NCDs”) at a 6.80% quarterly coupon. The NCDs will be listed on the Wholesale Debt Market of BSE Limited (“BSE”).
Aravind Maiya, Chief Financial Officer of Embassy REIT, commented,
“Following the recent IRDAI approval permitting insurance companies to invest in REIT debt, we are delighted to announce the first-ever bond raise by an Indian REIT with robust participation from the domestic insurance sector. This marks an important milestone in Embassy REIT’s ongoing efforts to diversify our debt investor base and also continues the trend of reduction in our cost of debt. Further, this successful placement reiterates investor confidence in the long-term growth story of Embassy REIT and is the first of a number of refinance packages planned for this year.”
On September 2, 2021, the Debenture Committee of the Board of Directors of the Manager to Embassy REIT approved an issue of NCDs for a principal aggregate amount of up to ₹300 crores and earlier today, the Debenture Committee approved the allotment of these NCDs at a 6.80% quarterly coupon. The rating agency CRISIL has assigned “AAA/Stable” rating to these NCDs.
- Issuance of ₹300 crores of Embassy REIT Series IV NCDs 2021 at a 6.80% quarterly coupon with a 5-year tenure
- Robust demand from new and existing domestic investors, with over 3x subscription
- First-time participation from insurers in REIT debt, with a prominent life insurer anchoring the issuance
- Proceeds to be primarily used to refinance existing construction finance debt, resulting in a 110 bps positive refinance spread
Morgan Stanley and HSBC served as arrangers on the private placement and Talwar Thakore and Associates served as the legal counsel on the transaction.
About Embassy REIT
Embassy REIT is India’s first publicly listed Real Estate Investment Trust. Embassy REIT owns and operates a 42.4 million square feet (“msf”) portfolio of eight infrastructure-like office parks and four city‑centre office buildings in India’s best-performing office markets of Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, and the National Capital Region (“NCR”). Embassy REIT’s portfolio comprises 32.3 msf completed operating area and is home to 190 of the world’s leading companies. The portfolio also comprises strategic amenities, including two operational business hotels, four under‑construction hotels, and a 100MW solar park supplying renewable energy to tenants.
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